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#151 Post by jdietz » November 30th, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Phillip F r a n k s wrote:
    Jason Hagen wrote:Gave this a whirl. Nice stuff at a decent price.

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    Mine doesn't have that cool stopper.

    I've been making the G & T's with Bradley's Kina Tonic. Besides adding color, there is less sweetness and more acidity and complexity than tonic water.
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    #152 Post by jdietz » November 30th, 2013, 7:12 pm

    Terence T-Bone Livingston wrote:My new go to is Martin Miller's (80 proof- $26.99). Keep a bottle in the freezer. Pour neat, twist, and add a few sliced pepperoncini's instead of onions or olives. No vermouth. Very clean, and I wake up without the ass-kicking fog I get with Tanq 10 now.

    Make sure to coat the martini glass with lemon rind. Work that baby! Makes all the difference.
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    #153 Post by T. Altmayer » March 4th, 2014, 3:46 pm

    Been going to Flintridge Proper for about 6 months or so (yes, its the same one that Grape Radio just did an hour with). Great cocktail bar devoted to Gin with a selection of over 200 different gins including a few homemade versions. They have tastings, but more importantly, the bartender there seems to have a great knack for matching drinks with the appropriate gin.

    Best gin I've tasted in a while was Cap Rock out of Colorado. Made the perfect dry martini with a dash of orange bitters. Very floral and mild, just a great cocktail.
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    #154 Post by Michel Abood » March 20th, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Just made myself an outstanding G&T after a crazy good day at work: 2 to 1 ratio of Q Tonic to Roundhouse Gin with some Organic lime. Killer.
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    #155 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 20th, 2014, 5:24 pm

    Michel Abood wrote:Just made myself an outstanding G&T after a crazy good day at work: 2 to 1 ratio of Q Tonic to Roundhouse Gin with some Organic lime. Killer.
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    #156 Post by Michel Abood » March 20th, 2014, 7:30 pm

    I was wondering when that would get posted...
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    #157 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » March 21st, 2014, 12:13 am

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    #159 Post by Arthur Gamon » April 3rd, 2014, 9:04 pm

    I love gin and tonics before dinner. Usually I drink Old Amsterdam, which has some aromatics, slightly better than the regular stuff. Last night however, I tried a Swedish gin, Right, and loved it. Tried it again tonight, and am very impressed with the taste and aroma of it. Wow!

    Just curious about the gin drinkers here. What is the gin that rings your bell the most??
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    #160 Post by Ed Murray » April 3rd, 2014, 9:06 pm

    Arthur Gamon wrote:I love gin and tonics before dinner. Usually I drink Old Amsterdam, which has some aromatics, slightly better than the regular stuff. Last night however, I tried a Swedish gin, Right, and loved it. Tried it again tonight, and am very impressed with the taste and aroma of it. Wow!

    Just curious about the gin drinkers here. What is the gin that rings your bell the most??
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    #161 Post by T. Altmayer » April 3rd, 2014, 9:17 pm

    Ed Murray wrote:
    Arthur Gamon wrote:I love gin and tonics before dinner. Usually I drink Old Amsterdam, which has some aromatics, slightly better than the regular stuff. Last night however, I tried a Swedish gin, Right, and loved it. Tried it again tonight, and am very impressed with the taste and aroma of it. Wow!

    Just curious about the gin drinkers here. What is the gin that rings your bell the most??
    Five O'Clock Somewhere - made in Washington. If you like juniper, it is amazing stuff.
    CapRock Gin is awesome. Floral, juniper and really smooth.
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    #162 Post by Poppy Davis » April 3rd, 2014, 9:19 pm

    5-page thread about gin in the Beer and Spirits forum:
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    #163 Post by Tom Moore » April 3rd, 2014, 9:59 pm

    Never forget last time I was in San Sebastián drinking Hendricks gin tonics after a night gorging on pinxtos. Remember the tonic being something special as well. Love me some gin tonic.

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    #164 Post by Russell Faulkner » April 3rd, 2014, 10:01 pm

    I genuinely don't think the gin makes much difference unless you are getting close to a 50:50 mix with tonic.

    I often add angostura, so it makes even less difference.

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    #165 Post by T. Altmayer » April 3rd, 2014, 10:04 pm

    Russell Faulkner wrote:I genuinely don't think the gin makes much difference unless you are getting close to a 50:50 mix with tonic.
    For the most part, I agree with this although you can still pick up on stylistic differences especially with a less sugary tonic like Q or Fevertree. My preferences for G&Ts are Tanqueray, Beefeater or Bombay. The CapRock is generally save for the martini.
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    #166 Post by Jeff Fish » April 4th, 2014, 4:42 am

    I've been on a Bluecoat run for a while. But I usually drink martinis instead of G&T. My wife's favorite is Hendricks and tonic.
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    #167 Post by Milton Hudson » April 4th, 2014, 10:19 am

    I still like Tanqueray for the gin. Really like the Fever Tree tonic. Been using Sapphire for the martini's just because it is readily available as a call brand.

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    #168 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 4th, 2014, 10:23 am

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    #169 Post by Todd F r e n c h » April 4th, 2014, 10:24 am

    Jail House Gin from Trader Joe's is crap - just fyi
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    #171 Post by W. Leonard » April 4th, 2014, 11:02 am

    Have people been trying Sipsmith?
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    #172 Post by M.Kaplan » April 4th, 2014, 11:10 am

    W. Leonard wrote:Have people been trying Sipsmith?
    Yes. I prefer VJOP to regular Sipsmith. But I prefer Dodd's, the other gin distiller located in London, to both.
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    #173 Post by Brad B a l l i n g e r » April 10th, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Impromptu gin tasting with my neighbor tonight.

    Solveig Gin, Minnesota. Vanilla on the nose. Some herbs on the taste (thyme). Very smooth and easy-drinking.

    Prairie Gin, Minnesota. Strong rosemary profile. Also easy to drink.

    Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin. Classic.

    Junipero Gin, California. True to its name, pronounced juniper but plenty of citrus as well. Finished more smoothly than the Bombay.

    Ransom Old Tom Gin, Oregon. Uses roasted barley, and that shows in the color. Big on the citrus and cardamom. Slight sweetness.

    I also had a couple of gin and tonics using the Junipero. The first was with Thomas Henry tonic mixed with Fever Tree club soda. Man was that a gulper. The second was with Fever Tree tonic water, and I actually preferred that to the Thomas Henry concoction. But both were far better than any tonic I've had before.
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    #174 Post by John Liotta » May 21st, 2014, 11:15 am

    Visited Smooth Ambler in West Virginia on Tuesday (it was convenient). While I am not a big fan of their regular gin, I did enjoy their barrel aged gin. It is certainly not for everyone- more of a singular style. You could sip it straight or use it in very specific cocktails.
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    #175 Post by Roberto Rogness » May 21st, 2014, 11:18 am

    I'm not a Gin guy AT ALL (reminds me of the 100 years of old lady perfume in the church my grandmother used to drag me to) but I fell in love with this last week:

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    #176 Post by Mikael W.F. » May 23rd, 2014, 5:55 am

    nowbody drinking the Monkey?

    Monkey 47 – Schwarzwald Dry Gin - in my opinion the best Gin in the world :-)
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    #177 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » May 23rd, 2014, 6:39 am

    There is a ton of new stuff on the market, some of these have been discussed already.

    This week I tried:

    Knickerbocker by New Holland in MI (also like their beer barrel bourbon)

    Few regular & Standard Issue over proof which I prefer.

    Jensen Bermondy London Dry Gin

    Barr Hill--been a fan for a while

    Warwick Rustic Gin--Orange County NY a local favorite

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    #178 Post by John Liotta » August 7th, 2015, 3:27 pm

    Who are your favorite producers that are making barrel-aged gins?
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    #179 Post by Mike Cohen » August 7th, 2015, 10:04 pm

    M.Kaplan wrote:Wish Plymouth Navy Strength was sold in the US.
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    I see Plymouth Navy Strength all the time in the US. Try Astor Place Wines and Spirits in NYC. Saw it there last week.

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    #180 Post by David_T » August 8th, 2015, 4:44 pm

    John Liotta wrote:Who are your favorite producers that are making barrel-aged gins?
    Two I've had recently, both nice
    Watershed Bourbon Barrel http://watersheddistillery.com/bourbonbarrel
    Mississippin River Distilling Barrel River Rose http://www.mrdistilling.com/frame/produ ... nals.shtml
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    #181 Post by John Liotta » August 8th, 2015, 5:15 pm

    The Watershed is available in my area. I'l check it out. Thanks, DT.
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    #182 Post by Andrew Hall » August 8th, 2015, 5:18 pm

    John Liotta wrote:The Watershed is available in my area. I'l check it out. Thanks, DT.
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    #183 Post by M.Kaplan » August 8th, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Mike Cohen wrote:
    M.Kaplan wrote:Wish Plymouth Navy Strength was sold in the US.
    Mark,

    I see Plymouth Navy Strength all the time in the US. Try Astor Place Wines and Spirits in NYC. Saw it there last week.
    Thanks, Mike. It is now widely available, which is a good, but dangerous, thing. [cheers.gif]
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    #184 Post by Chad Richardson » August 9th, 2015, 2:52 pm

    In Vegas at Carnevino I recently discovered a gin from San Fran called Bummer & Lazarus. Apparently named after two dogs who were famous in SF years back (and who appear on the label). Finally found it in a local store. Need to sit and spend some time with it to write an intelligent tasting note, but my gin palate is heavy juniper, pine, botanicals. And this rocketed right to the top of my favorites list. Website says it starts as a CA grape brandy and actually indicates more citrus that I detect.

    Fentiman's has recently also become my favorite tonic. Not the cheapest or easiest to find.
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    #185 Post by Paul Fountain » August 13th, 2015, 8:09 pm

    I tried a bunch of Gins last weekend at a spirits festival in Melbourne. Of the ones that are probably recognised widely, I'd say that The Botanist and Berry Bros & Rudd No. 3 were my favourites.
    There have also been a lot of Australian gins on the market in recent times and many use local botanicals which makes for some interesting and different flavours. I enjoyed the Kangaroo Island Spirit Gins, the Botanic Australis and the Stone Pine distillery dry gin on the day.

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    #186 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » August 13th, 2015, 9:48 pm

    I'm getting No 3 for $30 in NJ. My summer gin.
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    #187 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » August 13th, 2015, 9:50 pm

    John Liotta wrote:Who are your favorite producers that are making barrel-aged gins?
    Ransom Old Tom (OR) and Greenhook Old Tom (Brooklyn, finished in Sherry casks) are my current favorites. Not a fan of the style in general.
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    #188 Post by Henry Kiichli » August 14th, 2015, 12:15 pm

    Mikael W.F. wrote:nowbody drinking the Monkey?

    Monkey 47 – Schwarzwald Dry Gin - in my opinion the best Gin in the world :-)
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    #189 Post by Robert M yers » August 15th, 2015, 9:59 pm

    I recently bought a 1/2 bottle of Monkey 47 for $40 something dollars and while it was interesting, I just found it entirely too over the top, maybe floral? or something like for my tastes.

    Has anybody had anything new or interesting in the London Dry Style lately?

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    #190 Post by Dale Bowers » August 16th, 2015, 7:58 am

    Robert M yers wrote:I recently bought a 1/2 bottle of Monkey 47 for $40 something dollars and while it was interesting, I just found it entirely too over the top, maybe floral? or something like for my tastes.

    Has anybody had anything new or interesting in the London Dry Style lately?

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    #191 Post by N. Nikolis » February 12th, 2017, 6:13 am

    Has anyone tried Xoriguer gin?

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    #192 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » February 12th, 2017, 7:34 am

    We keep these in the house at all times:

    Plymouth Navy Strength
    Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength
    Nordes (from Galicia)
    Old Raj
    Blue Gin
    Monkey 47
    Tanqueray

    The Plymouth and the Martin Miller's are for G&Ts, the Old Raj and Blue Gin (my favorite) are for martinis. The Monkey is for a dear friend who loves it - we find it too much for most purposes. The Nordes is good for sipping and for a favorite variation on the G&T made with Albarino. The Tanqueray is for when we make a pitcher of G&Ts for long summer afternoon with friends.

    We usually have one or two others that we got to try, but will generally not be replaced when finished.

    I don't like Bluecoat at all, which is too bad since it's a local gin so pushed everywhere in Philadelphia. We dislike Junipero and find The Botanist to be just fine, but of no particular interest.

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    #193 Post by John Osburn » February 12th, 2017, 8:18 pm

    Sarah, would you mind describing the Blue Gin and Old Raj? I'm interested but my wife is very set on either beefeater or botanist (she does not like "flowery" gin) so it's difficult to branch out.

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    #194 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » February 13th, 2017, 5:52 am

    If your wife likes Beefeater and The Botanist, my guess is she might not like these two. Beefeater and Botanist are, to me, very tame and easy going gins. Nothing special, but nothing to object to. Blue and Old Raj have a lot more personality. Blue Gin is softer and more elegant, while Old Raj, particularly the higher proof, is quite opinionated. I very much like the saffron aspect of Old Raj, though my preference is for the Blue. Neither is heavy on the juniper, and neither falls into the medicinal range I don't much like.

    I'm not very good at descriptors for spirits, but here are a couple of reviews I think capture things well:

    https://drinksenthusiast.com/2012/04/15 ... ing-notes/

    http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/05/30/r ... -92-proof/

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    #195 Post by Paul Miller » February 13th, 2017, 6:09 am

    Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:If your wife likes Beefeater and The Botanist, my guess is she might not like these two. Beefeater and Botanist are, to me, very tame and easy going gins. Nothing special, but nothing to object to. Blue and Old Raj have a lot more personality. Blue Gin is softer and more elegant, while Old Raj, particularly the higher proof, is quite opinionated. I very much like the saffron aspect of Old Raj, though my preference is for the Blue. Neither is heavy on the juniper, and neither falls into the medicinal range I don't much like.

    I'm not very good at descriptors for spirits, but here are a couple of reviews I think capture things well:

    https://drinksenthusiast.com/2012/04/15 ... ing-notes/

    http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/05/30/r ... -92-proof/
    The Botanist has become our go-to gin as of late.

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    #196 Post by John Osburn » February 13th, 2017, 10:18 am

    Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:If your wife likes Beefeater and The Botanist, my guess is she might not like these two. Beefeater and Botanist are, to me, very tame and easy going gins. Nothing special, but nothing to object to. Blue and Old Raj have a lot more personality. Blue Gin is softer and more elegant, while Old Raj, particularly the higher proof, is quite opinionated. I very much like the saffron aspect of Old Raj, though my preference is for the Blue. Neither is heavy on the juniper, and neither falls into the medicinal range I don't much like.

    I'm not very good at descriptors for spirits, but here are a couple of reviews I think capture things well:

    https://drinksenthusiast.com/2012/04/15 ... ing-notes/

    http://www.drinkhacker.com/2009/05/30/r ... -92-proof/
    Very helpful, thank you Sarah!

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    #197 Post by Nicos Neocleous » February 16th, 2017, 2:09 pm

    Russell Faulkner wrote:I genuinely don't think the gin makes much difference unless you are getting close to a 50:50 mix with tonic.
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    #198 Post by Chris S p i k e s » March 2nd, 2017, 9:13 pm

    Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:We keep these in the house at all times:

    Plymouth Navy Strength
    Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength
    Nordes (from Galicia)
    Old Raj
    Blue Gin
    Monkey 47
    Tanqueray

    The Plymouth and the Martin Miller's are for G&Ts, the Old Raj and Blue Gin (my favorite) are for martinis. The Monkey is for a dear friend who loves it - we find it too much for most purposes. The Nordes is good for sipping and for a favorite variation on the G&T made with Albarino. The Tanqueray is for when we make a pitcher of G&Ts for long summer afternoon with friends.
    Similar tastes.

    I keep:
    Plymouth
    MM Westbourne
    Old Raj
    Tanqueray

    Old Raj is my favorite. I need to try Blue based on your rec.

    Tanqueray is amazing for a truly mass produced brand. It's just so solid. I can't decide which one I prefer between the regular and 10.

    Sarah Kirschbaum
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    Your Gin?

    #199 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum » March 3rd, 2017, 5:02 am

    Do try the Blue, Chris. It's special. Made by an Austrian guy, Hans Reisetbauer, who also makes some of the best eau de vie in the world. He's crazy and delightful, and an absolute master.

    Paul Fountain
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    Joined: July 16th, 2014, 4:20 pm
    Location: Melbourne, Australia

    Your Gin?

    #200 Post by Paul Fountain » March 15th, 2017, 9:59 pm

    I have 3 open at home at the moment 1 from the UK and two Australian gins.
    Plymouth, Poor Toms and Four Pillars
    The Plymouth is obviously pretty traditional.
    The Poor Toms is pretty interesting as it uses strawberry gum leaf (its a type of Eucalyptus tree) as one of the botanicals, and you do get a hit of strawberry from it. I'm loving that for gin and tonics.
    The Four Pillars uses whole oranges as well as some native ingredients like pepperberry leaf and lemon myrtle. I think that one is available in the US these days

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